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What slump?

Posted Sunday, June 21, 2009, at 8:39 PM

Cards sweep the Royals

In a rematch of the 1985 World Series, the Cardinals traveled across I-70 to take on the Royals in what turned out to be a romp in every sense of the word. The Redbirds outscored KC 29-11 in the three-game set, sweeping them in convincing fashion and leaving town with a 1.5 game lead in the NL Central.

But don't get TOO excited about the Cardinals.

We still need to acquire a bat to be able to realistically contend. This offensive surge is just what the doctor ordered because it can hopefully tide us over until closer to the trade deadline when more teams will be pawning off their players once they fall out of contention. I really hope the front office doesn't sit on their hands because of the current success because that will likely cause the Cardinals to be watching the playoffs in October instead of playing in them.

How about Khalil Greene?

After coming off the disable list because of social anxiety disorder, Greene has pounded three home runs and driven in five runs. He is 4-for-7 since returning, and all of those hits have gone for extra bases. He has also made some good plays in the field. At his current pace, Greene projects to hit 16 home runs and drive in 61. If he can get his batting average up, these numbers will naturally project higher. By the way, Greene now has the same number of homers and RBIs as Rick Ankiel, and he's done it in 52 fewer ABs. That gives you an idea of how unproductive Ankiel has been this season, though he's been a bit better lately. Even still, this is not the kind of season Ankiel wanted to have in his contract year. Like I've said before, he will not be in St. Louis next year.

Thanks for reading, and please leave some comments.


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When the Cardinal's go dominate the I-55 series, I will find it worth talking about. When they go put on a show against the Kansas City Royals, I'm unimpressed. Kyle Davis has been struggling and was optioned to AAA immediately following his outing against the Cards.

As for Greene and Ankiel. I have never liked Greene, and he's completely unfit to be in St. Louis. He's not a midwest type of guy, and I think he belongs back in California. Ankiel on the other hand is a logn time Cardinal, and I think the sentiment in that is the reason he is still here. The best case scenario, the Cardinals near future lineup includes Joe Mather, Colby Rasmus, and Skip Schumaker in the outfield. I'd like to see Greene out of St. Louis, and get whatever the Cardinals can get for Ankiel or Duncan even if it's next to nothing*.

*When the Cardinals traded Jim Edmonds, they got an aged unknown Double-A player named David Freese who was more or less just a name. I think we all recall Freese being in the majors for a while.

-- Posted by Baseballfan88 on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 6:48 PM


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